About Glenmorangie Pride 1978 Single Malt Scotch Whisky
In 1978, Glenmorangie, a world-renowned distillery located in the Highlands region of Scotland, distilled and laid down for maturation a single malt whisky in its finest first-fill bourbon casks. The whisky spent 19 years aging in those previous oak casks before Dr. Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s Master of Whisky Creation, noticed the superb character that had developed, and had a radical idea to further enhance and transform the whisky.
Rather than bottle the whisky shortly thereafter, Lumsden decided to age the whisky in the ex-Bordeaux casks for an incredible 15 years, the longest-ever period a Glenmorangie whisky has undergone additional maturation. "The wine barrels I used for the extra maturation were very rare, very special, and I wanted to try to get the very best out of them — and that’s ended up resulting in Pride 1978," says Lumsden. Bottled in 2012, 34 years after the whisky was first distilled, Glenmorangie Pride 1978 is the rarest expression released by the distillery to date.
Glenmorangie Pride 1978 is encased in a Baccarat Crystal decanter designed by Laurence Brabant and a custom gift case containing specially-commissioned artwork by Idris Khan, who was also born in 1978.
Due to the extremely limited number of casks used in the aging process, only 700 bottles of this whisky have ever been made, and only a handful were allocated to the United States. Pick up this rare treasure today!
In 1738, a brewery was built upon Morangie Farm in the Highlands region of Scotland. A century later, William Matheson acquired the farm and equipped the Morangie brewery with two stills that he purchased second-hand, and renamed the brewery-converted-distillery Glenmorangie.
Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made using malted barley, which is mashed and fermented with water sourced from the Tarlogie Spring. The water produced from the spring, which spends nearly a century underground being filtered through layers of limestone before it is extracted, is unusually rich in minerals. In the 1980s, when development in the area threatened the spring's water quality, Glenmorangie purchased 600 acres of land around and including the spring in order to ensure consistent water quality and adequate supply.
After the barley has been fermented, the wash is twice distilled through Glenmorangie's copper-pot stills by a team of 16 distillers known as the Sixteen Men of Tain. Glenmorangie's stills are equipped with relatively small boiler pots, which increases the exposure of the whisky to the copper, resulting in a more pure flavor. In addition, the stills are nearly seventeen feet tall — the tallest of any distillery in Scotland — and as a result, produce a lighter, more refined whisky.
Scotch is the most popular whisky in the world and is considered the king of them all! There are five whisky regions in Scotland (six if you count the not officially recognized Islands), and each of them produces spirits with unique properties and distinct tasting notes. (The type of grain used determents the type of the scotch.)
Malt whisky is made of malted barley, and grain whisky uses other grains like corn or wheat. Most of the time, a whisky is blended from different distilleries hence the name blended scotch, but if a malt whisky is produced in a single distillery, we get something extraordinary called a single malt.
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